London, Tate Modern

Cy Twombly turned 80 on April 25, 2008. This is his first solo retrospective in 15 years and assembles works from the 1950s up to the present day. A contemporary of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, Twombly has a highly distinctive style characterized by scribbles, squiggles and heavily applied paint. He started out in the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, taking Jackson Pollock's linearity and breaking it down into a series of meandering lines, signs and words that intersperse the vibrantly painted shapes.
Interestingly, the Tate has reunited, for the first time, two sets of four enormous canvases: "The Four Seasons" (1994-1995) from the Tate Collection and "The Four Seasons" (1993-1994) from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Also known as "Quattra Stagioni", Twombly began this series in 1991 and worked on the paintings in his studios in the Italian towns of Bassano and Gaeta.
Exploring Twombly's interest in antiquity, myth and the Mediterranean, the exhibition also includes Twombly's "Bacchus" paintings from 2005 and has rooms devoted to his sculptures made in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

June 19 through to September 14, 2008
Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
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